Search or browse below to see past Field of Interest grants. You may search by recipient organization name, project name, or city. Additionally, in the sidebar you may filter the grants displayed by year, interest or grant amount.

BC Association of Community Response Networks

Forming Community Response Networks to address adult abuse and neglect

As our population ages, there is more abuse, neglect and self-neglect among vulnerable adults. Financial abuse is the most common form of senior abuse. Community Response Networks (CRNs) are a proven vehicle for service providers and community members to develop a coordinated response in the detectection, intervention and prevention of abuse. Currently, there are no CRNs in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland (except on the North Shore). This project is designed to work with local communities within the city and surrounding municipalities over a three-year period to form up to 10 CRNs.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support

Elder Abuse Prevention Workshops

BCCEAS has an excellent education took kit that it has used to train staff and volunteers of senior serving agencies in British Columbia, with great success. With funding from the Vancouver Foundation, we can extend the program to train many more senior volunteers within the Metro Vancouver area. The project involves training five older adult volunteers and staff at ten agencies, who would then facilitate 50 workshops about preventing elder abuse. BCCEAS will provide ongoing support even after the project term is over, so that the initiative is sustained.

BC Centre for Employment Excellence

Top 20 Disability-Confident Companies in Vancouver

Currently, many lists exist outlining the “top 20 diverse companies” or the “top 10 companies to work for”, but the BC Centre for Employment Excellence (BC CFEE) aims to put together a top 20 disability-confident list of employers in British Columbia (BC). This list will be developed to identify companies that are welcoming and inclusive to individuals with disabilities within their workplaces. As well, the disability-confident list of employers will be shared with service providers in the employment services sector in BC or recruiters who work with people with disabilities, which will help increase access to the labour market.

The Face-to-Face Project: Bringing Youth with Disabilities and Employers Together

The Face-to-Face Project was born out of the need to find creative solutions that improve labour market integration for youth with disabilities. These are individuals who have a great deal to offer as employees but too often struggle in marketing their abilities to employers using traditional methods. For The Face-to-Face Project, youth (age 18 to 25) with disabilities will be recruited from employment organizations in BC to participate in a fun and engaging employer networking opportunity. The youth will initially be referred to local employers who will engage them in mock interviews and networking scenarios. In addition to providing the youth with information about their businesses, employers will have the opportunity to speak with them about their career aspirations. The employers will then refer the youth to a second employer, who will meet with the youth in an informational interview. The project will wrap up with a half-day dialogue forum for project participants and an evaluation that captures implementation lessons and effective practices.

BC Farm Museum Association

Interactive Presentation Terminals

We plan to incorporate six interactive presentation terminals into our displays to explain and demonstrate the purpose of the heritage artifacts. "Show and Tell" is an effective manner to pass on historic knowledge. By incorporating advances in technology, we can provide a unique experience for our visitors and further our educational goals. We propose to construct kiosks with interactive terminals and place them about the museum. Each unit would consist of a tablet connected to a television with a supporting structure. We create {or have created} and present program content. Program content at each station would consist of information regarding the artifacts the visitors are viewing. This information could include actual stories or demonstrations of real pioneers using the artifact in their every day life. We also plan to allow our program content to be accessible across technological boundaries as well as cross language and cultural boundaries.

BC Living Arts

Angel's Bone: Helping to end Human Trafficking one performance at a time.

Human trafficking represents the darkest effects of a patriarchal society and requires all people to look more closely at what allows it to exist. This project brings together social workers, survivors, lawyers, human rights activists and opera artists to collaborate on producing, Angel’s Bone, a contemporary opera depicting human trafficking. The opera serves as an artistic lens and collaborative tool to bring visibility to this issue and shed light on how and why it is able to exist in our communities. In producing it in this way, we aim to empower all society to collaborate on addressing this deeply rooted issue and the social values holding it in place.

Angel’s Bone: Addressing human exploitation in our communities through operatic performance

Angel’s Bone is the pulitzer-prize winning opera by Chinese-American composer, Du Yun and Canadian librettist, Royce Vavrek. The opera explores the dark motivations and effects of modern day slavery and human trafficking through the story of two angels who journey to our world to experience the delights of earth. When the angels arrive, they encounter Mr. and Mrs. Xe who lure them into an exploitative situation. In producing this opera and developing a series of community outreach events, this project takes a creative approach to raising awareness of the human exploitation that occurs in our community and the extensive resources available to the public to aid in combating human trafficking.

Acis and Galatea: A Gender Liberation Opera

This project will present a re-conceptualized performance of G. F. Handel’s 18th c. opera, Acis & Galatea at The Orpheum Annex, Sept. 15-17, 2017. In this re-telling, both lead characters will be portrayed by and depicted as women. The story follows their romantic relationship and the persecution they and their LGBTQ community face as a result of their sexual orientations. This project will generate a social dialogue about the struggles and underrepresentation of the LGBTQ community as it has existed throughout the centuries and it will serve as a platform for producers and artistic directors from four unique Vancouver cultural institutions (re:Naissance Opera, BC Living Arts, Early Music Vancouver, Cor Flammae) to collaboratively address these issues in their respective creative programming. With this project, we will promote systemic change by: -Testing a collaborative production model and developing a prototype for future artistic collaborations amongst Vancouver and BC cultural institutions. -Demonstrating how artistic productions and programming - in this case - opera, can be adapted and presented in a way that promotes positive representations of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented people in the classical music world. -Using the outcomes of this collaborative production to encourage other Vancouver cultural institutions to consider how their artistic programming might better address and elevate the role of the LGBTQ community in our cultural history.

Gestural Loop

'Gestural Loop' uses gaming technologies and mobile devices that capture physical movement to transform the human body into a musical instrument. The project includes concert performances of new professional works and allows for attendees to create their own artistic experiences through direct interaction with the technology. Through this UBC platform, projected media will also be manipulated and incorporate three additional collaborative works with visual artists from the BC Interior that further explore the theme of 'metaphoric gesture' (as it relates to culture, heritage, communication, language, action, metaphor, interaction with space and time, dance and music). For a full explanation of the artistic platform and details as to who is involved, please see support documentation (Letter of Support from Dr. Bob Pritchard). For a brief video explanation of the technology, please view BCLA Artistic Director Alan Corbishley approached Dr. Pritchard (UBC Music) who agreed to integrate UBC's new music technologies within the 2015 THRiVE Festival.

BC Multicultural Health Services Society

Voces Maternas: Empowering Latin American women in the child birthing year

Voces Maternas, a coordinated maternal and infant healthcare service for Latin American mothers, uses a cross cultural health broker model to strengthen the capacity of immigrant women to make informed health choices during the birthing year. Cross Cultural Health Brokers (CCHBs) are bilingual, bicultural workers who come from the communities they serve and are recognized as experts regarding their clients’ cultural contexts. CCHBs provide one-on-one and group support as well as providing language and cultural interpretation during appointments with health service providers. The program team will include family physicians, midwives, doulas, pediatricians and a CCHB. The interdisciplinary team will collaboratively provide maternity health education and support through Spanish-language, culturally-relevant workshops. The workshops will include information on pregnancy, postpartum care, and early childhood development. The group setting will provide a socialization opportunity for women to build healthy relationships in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Umbrella Mobile Health Clinic

Approximately 4,000 temporary foreign agricultural workers (TFWs) come from Mexico to the Lower Mainland each year. Although they have mandatory, self-paid, private health insurance many of these workers face language, cultural and logistical barriers to accessing health services. The Umbrella Mobile Clinic provides culturally-appropriate health services via a van that has been converted into a medical clinic. This mobile clinic is staffed by a site coordinator, a BC-licensed physician, a cross cultural health broker and volunteers. This year, the project will also incorporate health promotion workshops (as requested by the patients), and expand ongoing relationships with farm owners and extend outreach to local pharmacies, laboratories and hospitals.

Umbrella Mobile Clinic Pilot Project

About 4,000 temporary farm workers come to BC each year. Despite having mandatory, self-paid, private health insurance, these workers are rarely able to access health services. This project will pilot a mobile clinic, specially targeted to the needs of farm workers. The clinic will consist of a recreational vehicle, converted into a medical clinic, capable of seeing patients at the farms where they work, and offering primary, preventative health care. The clinic will be staffed by a physician, office assistant and cross-cultural health worker.

BC Wheelchair Basketball Society

The Let's Play Program

Young children with disabilities far too often face needless exclusion from physical activity. The Let’s Play program helps give kids the ability to confidently participate in play, sport, and physical education with their peers. It provides kids with specially designed wheelchairs, training for facilitators, and maintains a comprehensive website with resources for building knowledge, skills, and abilities. The sport wheelchairs allow kids with and without disabilities the freedom to enjoy fun activities together and raise the bar for awareness and inclusion for them as well as their parents, teachers, and other facilitators. The program has been operating for approximately two years and is now in need of expansion in order to include many more kids in the province than we have been able to help so far. To help the kids most effectively, it is essential to be able to provide the necessary education to their adult facilitators on an individual basis. The grant we request will provide the needed physical activity resources to young children with disabilities and their facilitators.

BCCDC Foundation for Public Health

Preventing syphilis among HIV-positive gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM)

Since 2010, there has been a 4-fold increase in the number of cases of syphilis diagnosed in BC. gbMSM, specifically HIV-positive gbMSM, have carried the disproportionate burden of this epidemic. This is concerning as syphilis enhances the transmission of HIV, and people living with HIV are at higher risk of complications and more severe disease.Other bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are also more prevalent in the gbMSM population, and similarly enhance HIV transmission. The environment for gbMSM has shifted significantly within the last two decades, with the advent of new drugs (from life-saving HIV medication to more recent HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis) combined with changes in how gbMSM meet sexual partners. Additionally, gbMSM may be adapting their sexual behaviours to reduce their risk of HIV transmission, such as substituting oral sex for anal sex or choosing partners with the same HIV status, which have impacts on risk of STIs. Research has not kept pace with these changes, providing a need for a qualitative research study to understand the current landscape for gbMSM. As part of a larger project, researchers at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) plan to test the efficacy of daily doxycycline to prevent new syphilis infections, and its safety and tolerability. While the biomedical aspect of the project is key, the team would focus on examining the further upstream determinants of health associated with syphilis infection in gbMSM.

Be the Change Earth Alliance Society

Greenest School Lab

The Lab is a proposal to convene a multi-stakeholder coalition that will guide participants in addressing the personal, social, and environmental conditions necessary for creating a model ecological culture in a school. By engaging the knowledge, shared values, and professional resources of stakeholders BTCEA will be informed and positioned to ensure that this initiative delivers: 1. An impact-driven coalition of stakeholders who will come together at various stages of collaboration to share their knowledge, experience, and concepts. 2. A deliberative and dynamic process developed around shared values that will effectively surface innovative ideas and prototypes for building a model school necessary for a sustainable future. 3. A knowledge-rich network of relationships that will sustain the process for surfacing innovative ideas for school-based initiatives to be prototyped and piloted in a school in the Vancouver and Surrey districts. To bring the greenest school into reality, BTCEA will identify the different users of a greenest school, determine what design interventions they can create together, and deliver a prototype that they can test together. Stakeholders will share ideas and insights, first individually and then collectively, on supporting systemic change as already advanced within provincial and municipal policy change to develop the greenest school model and work to align school-based social interactions with sustainability principles.

SLS: Student Leadership in Sustainability

In 2009, BTCEA began adapting its community education program for use within secondary schools. A further four years of research and development ultimately yielded the Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLS) program. SLS provides teachers with an experiential, solutions-based educational curriculum that empowers their students to take leadership on environmental and social justice issues, while at the same time fostering self-awareness, confidence, and meaningful connections between fellow students, their families, and the community. SLS is currently being used in 25 schools by over 4,000 students in Metro Vancouver, and BTCEA now stands poised to introduce sustainability education to other school districts in BC and ultimately across Canada. This project will build on the early success of SLS in Vancouver and: 1) Significantly augment and refine SLS program materials 2) Increase the integration of sustainability education in high schools throughout BC while contributing to the professional growth of educators 3) Provide a French translation of SLS curriculum materials

Beaufort Association for Mentally Handicapped

Pet Treat Bakery Expansion Project

Pet Treat Bakery, a social enterprise business operated by Beaufort Association, has experienced tremendous success in marketting and selling our products on Vancouver Island, and in providing employment for people with developmental disability, In four years, our annual sales have grown from $55000 to $125000 and we are projecting similar increases over the next three years. Our workforce has grown from four to eleven hourly employees at our dehydration facility, working from 2 to 22 hours per week, and paid minimum wage and better. In addition we have a flexible work crew of four to eight piece-work employees to do packaging and labelling. We are ready to take the next step, hiring a manager and increasing production capacity. This will require renovation to upgrade electrical service, improvements to water supply and plumbing, purchase of additional equipment and other upgrades. We estimate a 50% increase in production will create between 24 and 28 addtional hours of work per week. This will mean an increase in hours for some employees and the hiring of additional staff.

Beauty Night Society

Life-Makeover Program

This program brings health care professionals and beauticians together to provide services to marginalized women in the Downtown Eastside. Makeovers are a method of reintroducing touch to women who experience violence, and make a huge difference to their outlook. In nine years, this program has given 11,000 makeovers and engaged 1,000 volunteers. They seek funding for a program coordinator to make this volunteer-based program sustainable and provide more support for the women and mentees.

Belfry Theatre Society

Island of Hope

We are seeking support for the commissioning of a large-scale musical by the local award-winning team of playwright Jacob Richmond and composer Brooke Maxwell (Ride the Cyclone). Titled Island of Hope, this is a unique project based on a true 'stranger than fiction' story that addresses the dire consequences of environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources.

Home is a Beautiful Word

The project for which we are requesting funding is a production of a new play, Home is a Beautiful Word, to be presented on the Belfry Theatre Mainstage in the 2013-14 Season. In 2010, the Belfry Theatre commissioned playwright and journalist, Joel Bernbaum, to create a piece of verbatim theatre that addresses the issue of homelessness in Victoria, an issue that Artistic Director Michael Shamata felt could be addressed in a meaningful and unique way through the forum of theatre. Homelessness is a highly visible and controversial issue in Victoria and communities across the country. Verbatim theatre refers to the process of constructing a play using dialogue drawn from interviews conducted with members of a community. Verbatim theatre facilitates the inclusion of voices not usually heard - in the theatre or elsewhere. It allows us to bring many sides of the homelessness discussion to the stage. This project fits well within the Belfry's mission to produce contemporary theatre that generates ideas and dialogue, and that helps our audience to see the world from different perspectives.

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation Association

Capacity Building in Community Based Seniors Transportation

Access to transportation has become more difficult for frail and elderly seniors (especially those in rural BC). This project will provide hands-on training in feasibility analysis, business planning, and operations management for local agency transport services to eight senior-serving agencies per year for three years. It will also provide a quantitative and qualitative analysis of accessible transportation needs in rural BC.

BEST Living Streets Youth and Citizen Engagement

The project educates and trains community members to conduct Community Street Audits in Surrey, which will help develop safe streets and better mobility for non-car travel. The concept has worked well in the UK. The project will engage at-risk youth, immigrants and others to create input for city planners. Volunteers will share the results at meetings attended by Surrey municipal planners, providing solution-oriented local input on low-cost changes to improve neighbourhood safety for non-car travel.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Victoria Capital Region

Focus Mentoring Program

Focus Mentoring is a program for children and youth referred to BBBS because they need additional support in their lives to help manage and overcome disadvantages associated with an individual or family-based mental-health challenge. In 2012 an audit of case files revealed that 53% of families stuggle with issues related to poverty, a chronic health condition or mental health issue. There is a direct correlation between the number of risk factors in a family and early match closures. 25% of match closures were the result of family issues which had mentors feeling overwhelmed. Focus will increase supports to families as children are matched in a one to one relationship with a mentor. Mentors receive relevant training and ongoing support so that they are better equipped to manage some of the challenges presented by families struggling with mental health. Children will receive child safety training while parents will have access to parent education and referral to additional community resources. Focus will provide a lasting relationship and help children reach their full potential.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Quesnel

Organizational Development

We are a very efficient and successful agency. In 2009, with only 1.7 FTE staff, the organization served over 120 children/youth in the community. The Executive Director is responsible for fund development, marketing, strategic planning, community involvement, organizational development, board related tasks and overall operations. She is also responsible for all mentoring programs (casework duties - recruiting/screening/training volunteer; screening children/youth matching and monitoring. The Administrative/Marketing Assistant' s duties include: office manager, bookkeeping,financial duties, and local fundraising events coordinator). An In-School /Teen Mentor Coordinator position would help to sustain the integrity of the school program and the continued need for mentors. The Executive Director would then be better able to address other pertinent areas such as fund development, building more community partnerships and financial sustainability. To continue to maintain our high standard of servicce, we need to augment our staff.

Bill Reid Foundation

Indigenous Youth Governance

The project we are proposing is based on the research completed for the Develop Grant: Indigenous Communities Consultation Project (CCP). The Indigenous Youth Governance Project (YGP) is a three year long project that will seek to safely integrate Indigenous youth representation into the governance structure of the Bill Reid Gallery. We are asking the Vancouver Foundation to support Year 1 of this plan which includes the creation of an Indigenous youth board position in order to increase youth visibility at the leadership level of the organization. The Youth Candidate (YC) will be an Indigenous youth between the age of 16-24 and preference will be given to youth from the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh host Nations. The YC will receive an honorarium for their participation at Board and advisory meetings. Under regulation, Board members cannot receive remuneration, therefore we will work with the Board Chair and governance committee to determine an appropriate position title for the youth participant that will allow them to have a fulfilling governance experience and receive appropriate compensation for their expertise. The YC will undergo an orientation period with the Education Coordinator and learn about the Gallery's relationships with different organizations and artists. Near the end of the project, the YC will have the opportunity to develop youth oriented programming with the Education and Program Coordinator.